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Issue I - February 2024

25th EFORT annual Congress

The EFORT President 2024 invites you to join us!

The EFORT President Mr David Limb invites you to the 25th EFORT Congress from 22-24 May 2024 in Hamburg, Germany: come and network!

Listen to top class educational content and debate it.

Hear the science and assess how it fits in your practice with your team.

See how others work together and go back to your own teams and develop them.

Let’s collaborate for success!

video EFORT Congress 2024 in Hamburg: Collaborating for Success

EBOT Interim & EBOT Final Exams

Apply and get your special certification in 2024!

The EBOT Exam is a specialist exam in trauma and orthopaedics.

For more than 20 years, it has been run in different European countries with the aim to improve the standard of knowledge and professional competence of surgeons.


A final examination in the Specialty is not universal, and this in turn generates an increase in the variation in terms of assessment from one country to another. However, the EBOT exam tests the generality of orthopaedics and trauma based on the syllabus of the European Curriculum.

The dates for the 2024 EBOT (final) Exam are as follows: 

  • Written part: Tuesday 11 June 2024 from 10:00 to 13:00 CET in different training centres worldwide or online as fully proctored exam (up to each candidate to decide)

Successful candidates will be provided with a certificate of Basic Knowledge in Orthopaedics & Traumatology as part of the EBOT Exam.

  • Oral part in French (Belgian exam): Friday 14 June 2024 (for Belgian residents subjects to authorization by SORBCOT/BVOT)
  • Oral part in English: Saturday and Sunday 05 & 06 October 2024 
  • Oral part in Spanish: Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 November 2024 in Madrid, Spain (for Spanish residents subject to authorisation by SECOT)

Prior to being admitted to the oral part, all candidates will have to apply and successfully sit section I, the written section (in English), of the exam.

Application is open until 20 March 2024

To get acquainted with the format of the written exam and to test your level of training, we also invite everyone to participate in the EBOT Interim Exam.

Date for the EBOT Interim Exam 2024, between

Wednesday 20 March and Friday 22 March 2024 from 09:00 to 12:00 CET*.

Registration for both hospitals and candidates is open:

*Depending on your country of residence, the interim exam will take place between 20 and 22 March 2024. The number of participants per day is limited and availability on a first come first serve basis. More information will be provided upon registration. 

EFORT e-learning

Save the date for the upcoming EFORT Webinar

On Monday 26 February 2024 at 19:00 CET, the EFORT Webinar will focus on Digital Orthopaedics III - Implantables & Smart Implants: Ready for clinic!? This event will be chaired by Bernd Grimm, Luxembourg and Gianluca Vadalà, Italy.

The objectives of this webinar are:

  • To provide an overview of smart implant technologies and devices.
  • To present and explain the underlying technologies and benefits to patients & clinicians.
  • Educate about the state of (pre-) clinical evidence and clinical readiness.
  • Discuss future developments and required input from clinicians.

This Webinar is organised by EFORT independent of any commercial educational support.

EFORT Open Reviews

High-quality instructional peer-reviewed articles

across the whole field of Orthopaedics and Traumatology


VOL.9, N° 1, JANUARY 2024

📄 Biomarkers to discriminate between aseptic loosened and stable total hip or knee arthroplasties: a systematic review

Shaho Hasan, Peter van Schie, Bart L Kaptein, Jan W Schoones, Perla J Marang-van de Mheen, and Rob G H H Nelissen

📄 A systematic review of tourniquet use in paediatric orthopaedic surgery: can we extrapolate from adult guidelines?

Valeria Pintar, Charlotte Brookes, Alex Trompeter, Anna Bridgens, Caroline Hing, and Yael Gelfer


📄 Management of patellar instability in skeletally immature patients

Erdem Sahin, Reha Tandogan, 

Michael Liebensteiner, Guillaume Demey,

and Asim Kayaalp


📄 Complications of ankle arthroscopy: frequency, prevention, and treatment

E Carlos Rodríguez-Merchán, Carlos A Encinas-Ullán, Juan S Ruiz-Pérez, and Primitivo Gómez-Cardero

Acknowledgement to reviewers

EFORT and EFORT Open Reviews Editor-in-Chief Professor Pierre Hoffmeyer would like to thank the 2023 reviewers for their valued support.

We believe the peer review process lies at the heart of journal publishing.

Should you wish to become a reviewer for EFORT Open Reviews (EOR), please get in touch with the Editorial Team.


Early clinical investigations of new high-risk medical devices

How lack of transparency inhibits improvement in evaluation

The CORE-MD consortium organised its tenth webinar on "Early clinical investigations of new high-risk medical devices – how lack of transparency inhibits improvement in evaluation". This webinar is now available for replay.

Prof. Peter McCulloch presented the CORE-MD recommendation on early developments of clinical investigation. Prof. Mark Slack from CMR Surgical highlighted the challenges for manufacturers to comply with the Medical Device Regulation. Ms. Claudia Louati from European Patients Forum focused on ensuring patient's involvement in early clinical investigation. 


Register for the upcoming CORE-MD Webinar:

Monitoring Life Cycle of an implant in Real Life

Registries are providing significant amount of information on medical devices, especially in Orthopaedics. Within the CORE-MD Project research have been undertaken to explore the possible benefit of registry-based data as real-world evidence for the postmarket surveillance of medical devices. 

The CORE-MD Project webinar on Monitoring Life Cycle of an implant in Real Life will take place on Monday 19 February 2024 from 17:00 to 18:15 CET.

The webinar will notably capitalise on the work done by Perla Marang Van de Mheen from Delft University and provide insights on the use of registry data for regulatory purposes. Together with colleagues from regulators, healthcare professionals and notified bodies, they will discuss how to use registries as evidence for the evaluation of medical devices.

CORE-MD is a European Union Horizon 2020 project. It reviews methods for evaluating high-risk medical devices in order to translate expert evidence into advice for EU regulators and to recommend an appropriate balance between innovation, safety , and clinical effectiveness.


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